1960 Revisited - September 12

Sunday, September 12 2010 @ 11:00 am UTC

Contributed by: Bobster

By Bobster

Monday, September 12, 1960---The magic number was reduced to 11 with a 6-1 Pirate win over SF at Forbes Field and a St.Louis loss to Milwaukee. The Cardinals and Braves were tied for second place, 7˝ games behind. Dick Stuart was the hitting star with single, triple and home run. The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the first on consecutive 2-out singles by Clemente, Stuart and Burgess. Wildness cost Giants starter Jack Sanford a run in the second. After Schofield drew a one-out walk and was forced at second by Haddix, Sanford threw a pair of wild pitches to Virdon, enabling Haddix to end up at third base.

Virdon then walked, and Skinner singled in Haddix to take a 2-0 lead. In the fourth inning, Virdon led off with a double and left the game with an injury. Cimoli ran for him and scored on Clemente’s single. Stuart then connected for his 20th HR of the season to make it 5-0. The Pirates (85-52) made it 6-0 with a run in the sixth, when Stuart tripled and scored on Hoak’s double. Haddix (11-9) pitched his 4th complete game but lost his shutout in the ninth when Jim Davenport singled and scored on a double by Orlando Cepeda. A crowd of 21,261 brought Forbes Field attendance to 1,521,251 for the season, eclipsing the record previously set in 1948. Stuart (.265) and Burgess (290) each had 3 hits. Virdon (.275), Clemente (.321), Hoak (.277) and Schofield (.300) had 2 hits apiece. Haddix raised his batting average to .250 with a hit in 3 at bats.

R.C. Stevens, one of the September call-ups, made his first appearance of the season for the Bucs, running for Stuart in the eighth and playing 1B in the ninth. Stevens, 26, was tall at 6’5", 219 pounds. He had played in 59 games with the Pirates in 1958. That year, he hit .267 with 7 HRs and 32 RBIs in 90 ABs. But he had spent 1959 and 1960 back in the minors. Stevens’ role now would be to go in for late inning defense at 1B in place of "Dr. Strangeglove."

Starting lineup:

Virdon CF
Skinner LF
Clemente RF
Stuart 1B
Burgess C
Hoak 3B
Mazeroski 2B
Schofield SS
Haddix P